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7DY Derby and the Queensland Network
The 7DY Sunpolisher’s Club had a membership of ‘2,900 juveniles’ according to the latest in the popular series of Long Lost Australian Radio Stars hosted by the Radio Heritage Foundation at www.radioheritage.net.
For listeners to the ‘North Eastern unit of the Tasmanian Coastal Network’ between 1938-1954, Cliff Parish could be heard as the night announcer, Jean Rainbird in the afternoons and Chas. Saunders ‘the local picture theater proprietor’ handled the outside broadcasts.
7DY Derby ceased to exist in 1954 yet you can still visit the studios today, as this new feature about Australian Heritage AM Radio stations explains.
In another new feature at www.radioheritage.net, the Queensland Network was reaching 700,000 people of the state’s total population of 1 million in the mid-1940’s.
Centered on 4BC Brisbane with its ‘powerful country relay station’ 4SB at Kingaroy, the Five Station Queensland Network supplied ‘the best drama, radio serials, music and sport’ across the region.
Other stations included in the feature are 4GR Toowoomba, 4RO Rockhampton and 4MB Maryborough, and you’ll enjoy old photos of the original wooden 4MB tower being taken by horse-drawn cart through Maryborough, original studio views from 4RO and the very tall radio tower of 4BC at Indooroopilly as well as some sophisticated coverage maps from the era.
These two new releases bring to thirty the number of features currently included in the Long Lost Australian Radio Stars series at www.radioheritage.net, now easily found by looking for the ‘It’s Always Showtime at 2CH’ color image on every page.
If you have your own memories, memorabilia and more you’d like to share about 7DY Derby or any of the other stations featured, the Radio Heritage Foundation wants to hear from you. Help us protect and promote Australia’s radio heritage today.